The A to Z challenge is a challenge in which bloggers post every day during the entire month, and each day has a post starting with a different letter of the alphabet. The first day, the post features “A”, the second day “B”, and so on. It’s much better explained on the Blogging from A to Z website, so I’ll just refer you there.
Today’s post is about “L”, so I wanted to talk about labelling (or “labeling” if you want to follow the British spelling). I don’t like labelling, but we all do it. We look at a person, and we label them as “freak”, “goth”, “jock”, “nerd”, and so on. The characters from my books fall under such labels too. For example, yesterday I finished going over Reflected one last time before the publisher will release the book, and I paid special attention to the paragraphs focusing on one of the characters – Felicia.
Felicia wears black, crucifixes, metal chains – all the kids at school think she’s a wannabe goth or emo. But I want the readers to see her as more than that. I want them to see that, all right, so maybe she dresses that way as a style choice, but inside, she’s more than a label. She’s more than her clothes. She’s a person with fears and desires, with hopes and dreams.
Often, we rely on labels to classify other people, especially when we don’t know them. It’s not fair. We’re more than our labels.